WKU Greek chapters come together to sponsor Christmas angels


Cole Carroll

Members of WKU greek life participate in the Greek Christmas Angel event inside Downing Student Union on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

B Turner, News reporter

Western Kentucky University’s Greek Life chapters came together to celebrate their second annual sponsoring of Christmas angels through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Christmas on Nov. 29 in Downing Student Union.  

WKU has 34 Greek chapters on campus, and around 25 of them chose to participate. Each chapter that participated sponsored either one or two children from the Angel Tree, bringing the total sponsored back up to 34.  

Each chapter that participated chose how they would raise money to sponsor Christmas angels. They either looked at and selected an amount from their chapter funds or accepted around $2-3 from each chapter member.  

The chapters sent delegates to the store with their selected funds and purchased gifts for their chosen Christmas angel. All the chapters came together to wrap gifts on Nov. 29. The wrapped gifts were then taken to the donation site.  

Members of WKU sororities participate in the Greek Christmas Angel event inside Downing Student Union on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (Cole Carroll)

“We wanted to do something philanthropic that included all three Greek councils,” Andrew Rash, associate director of student activities- greek life, said about the choice to sponsor Christmas angels. 

This philanthropic event allows for all 34 chapters to potentially work together, if they choose to opt-in. Other universities have done events like this in the past – which is where WKU’s Greek Life came up with the idea, Rash said.  

The presidents of Phi Mu and Alpha Gamma Delta were able to raise almost $200 for their sponsored angels. 

2022 was the second annual Christmas Angel Sponsoring, but they plan to continue the tradition every year. 

News reporter B Turner can be reached at [email protected].